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‘Di pwedeng hulugan! UST medical school firm on one-time P50K reservation fee payment

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The University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery required incoming students to pay P50,000 lumpsum in cash to reserve their slots despite the financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Philippine Star columnist Ana Marie Pamintuan said UST medical school required the reservation fee to be paid in full through any of two select banks by May 22.

“The payment is non-refundable, but will be deducted from the regular tuition. Credit card or deferred payments were not accepted,” she said in her May 25 column.

Pamintuan mentioned UST medical school’s policy in the context of certain senators’ call for private schools to allow the deferred or staggered payment of tuition amid the pandemic.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has set the opening of classes in colleges and universities to August. However, schools can implement a flexible learning scheme as a precautionary measure against the virus.

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